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Jan 15, 2013 11:00am PST
to hold wall street and the big banks accountable and protect consumer and the u.s. economy. >> after all we have been through, i don't believe that rolling back regulations on wall street will help the small businesswoman expand or the laid off construction worker keep his home. >> reporter: republicans in congress want to cut obama era and even bush era regulations which they dismiss as unnecessary red tape. two laws are at issue here. dodd-frank and sarbanes-oxley. dodd-frank is the signature financial reform of president obama's first term. it set up the consumer financial protection bureau to write new rules to prevent fraud and unfair lending practices and put limits on banks deemed too big to fail by monitoring threats and stopping another financial crisis. sarbanes-oxley was a response to a different crisis, the enron accounting scandal of the early 2000s. it set up stricter accounting rules for companies of all sizes. critics say it drives up costs for smaller businesses and restricts growth. what does it mean for small businesss? for the big banks? well, we spoke to a community
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